Theres lots to like about the 790, its so light, very nimble, the ride position feels just about right, stock suspension is actually quite good, the engine makes nice useable power, the power modes are well thought out, Race=trackdays, Sport=open fast road riding and Street is great around town and general riding. The 790 is very good on the Track, i did a KTM trackday, and the 790 was awesome to ride, and easy to ride at a good pace, very forgiving bike, even go through corners a gear to high. I think this 790 is a very well thought out bike and built with an affordable price in mind. After coming off a MV800, the only thing the 790 isn't better at is initial brake bite, the brakes are ok, but lack that initial bite, i guess a pad change could be a simple option......(or mono block 50s) So very happy with the 790, and i know my son will love it when he visits to ride it.
To date the only downside is/was the bite of the front brakes. Switched to SBS RS pads. No longer an issue for road use. Iíve bought some Brembo monoblocks to fit if there are track issues.
The bike is so light and the engine for normal road use is spot on. Not missing my 1290 SDR at all.